In recent years organized nursing has begun to address health problems that compromise the nurse's ability to function within the standards and code of conduct for professional practice. In 1982, the Michigan Nurses' Association adopted a resolution which called for action in addressing the problem of impaired nursing practice in Michigan. At the 1984 MNA Convention, the House of Delegates reaffirmed MNA's support of a comprehensive approach to the problem of impaired practice including (a) education of Michigan nurses about the problem, (b) research to establish a database on the size and nature of the problem, and (c) strategies for providing assistance and support for nurses in treatment.
Floyd, J. A. (1985). Impaired nursing practice: Michigan's response. Michigan Nurse, 58(3): 5-6.